Suzanne Nelson, ScD, RDN
Sports Nutritionist, Speaker & Author
Back to School. And for many of us, that means back to packing lunches. As a kid, do you remember your lunch box? I’ll give you a hint about mine… it was a Disney character.
Growing kids need nutrient-rich foods to get them through the day. After all, healthy minds and healthy bodies, start with healthy foods! You can feel good about adding raisins to the lunchbox—they’re a nutritious and kid-friendly choice. Some quick facts about Sun-Maid raisins:
So what’s your favorite lunch combo for kids? Share your ideas in the comments below. Bonus points if it includes dried fruit!
Small bento type box or covered food container Paper or silicon muffin cups
Lay tortilla on a flat surface. Spread a thin layer of peanut butter or cream cheese over tortilla. Chop apricots to the same size as raisins. Sprinkle an even layer of apricots and raisins over two-thirds of the cream cheese. Roll very tightly, starting on the fruit filled edge of the tortilla. Slice into 1-inch pieces. Unroll 1-inch of the tortilla and place raisins for snail eyes and antennae. Fill one part of the bento box with rice cereal. Place snails over cereal.
Press an apricot firmly between fingers to flatten slightly. With a small cookie cutter or knife, cut flower shapes. Insert a pretzel stick into the opening of the apricot to form a “flower stem.” Attach cranberries with a dab of peanut butter.
Combine equal parts of Sun-Maid Natural Raisins and Golden Raisins and a choice of nuts and seeds such as almonds, cashews, peanuts, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds. Place mixture in a muffin cup or section of the bento box.
Small bento-type box or covered food container Paper or silicon muffin cups
Using a potsticker crimper, cut the bread the diameter of the mold. Place bread round in the crimper. Put a teaspoon of peanut butter or a few pieces of cheese in the center of the bread; add a few raisins. Press crimper firmly closed. Release and remove sandwich. Attach raisin eyes and apricot fin with a dab of peanut butter.
Using a fish or balloon shaped cookie cutter, cut two pieces of bread and slice of cheese with cutter. Sandwich cheese between bread slices, with butter or mayonnaise if desired. Attach raisin eyes and apricot fin with a dab of peanut butter.
Combine equal parts of Sun-Maid Natural Raisins and Golden Raisins and choice of nuts and seeds such as almonds, cashews, peanuts, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds. Place mixture in one part of the box and set fish sandwiches on top.
Spread celery sticks with peanut butter or cream cheese. Add a row of Sun-Maid Natural Raisins, Golden Raisins or Cape Cod Cranberries. Place in a muffin cup in one section of the box.